Scans of AD&D Treasure of Tarmin for the Mattel Aquarius (1983)

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Someone requested scans of the manual for the Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Treasure of Tarmin Cartridge for the Mattel Aquarius computer for an article they were working on that would apparently compare and contrast that lesser known version of the game with the better known Mattel Intellivision version. As such, I did a semi-forensic scan of the box and box contents, including a full scan of the manual from my collection. You can click the preview widget below for access to the full high resolution Flickr set, or here. Enjoy!

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07/23/2008 UPDATE: Check out Mike Bonner's nice review of the game here, which identifies a few interesting differences between the Aquarius and Intellivision versions that actually work in the former's favor: http://mikejbonner.tripod.com/id39.html

(FYI, Mike is the reason why I did the scans in the first place...)

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yakumo9275
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Looks like someone modeled

Looks like someone modeled cabbage leaves for wings ;)

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Looks sometimes are everything
yakumo9275 wrote:

Looks like someone modeled cabbage leaves for wings ;)

This comment for "Color TV viewing only".

-- Stu --

Hmm, it's not cover art in the traditionally excellent D&D mold is it? At least it looks a bit better than the in-game dragon... ;-) Overall though, I have to give Mattel an A for effort with the soup-to-nuts packaging for this game, with two different types of overlays (one for keyboard users and one for owners of the expansion with controllers) and a comprehensive manual. The game itself even suits the Aquarius' meager graphical (mostly character-based) abilities well...

And yeah, the "Color TV" line is always a classic in this world of hi-def everything...



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Wow! This game looks a lot

Wow! This game looks a lot more sophisticated than I originally thought. It looks pretty nuanced. I probably should have dedicated more time to it in the D&D book.

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Probably better than the Aquarius version...

Here is the Intellivision version in action:

The Intellivision platform certainly had a variety of interesting stuff in this vein...



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Bill, that actually looks rather cool!

Wow, that really looks rather cool for the time. Nice animation etc. For today's standards way to repetitive I think. I nice example of how our imagination was put to work whilst playing those old games.



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Awesome

I used to play this game and many other Intellivision games for hours and hours, but the Intellivision realy did have some good AD&D games. And for its time Treasure of Tarmin would have to of been one of the very best AD&D games.

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That doesn't look like a

That doesn't look like a good game to me. :) It looks like you can pretty much skip encounters with monsters if I'm looking at that correctly. Obviously, i'd need to spend more time with the manual to decipher what the heck is happening on screen. I wish whoever did that video had offered some commentary.

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Give it a go
Matt Barton wrote:

That doesn't look like a good game to me. :) It looks like you can pretty much skip encounters with monsters if I'm looking at that correctly. Obviously, i'd need to spend more time with the manual to decipher what the heck is happening on screen. I wish whoever did that video had offered some commentary.

Give it a go it realy is a great game for its time, and yes you can skip encouters but you can do that in a lot of games where the AI has not seen you. But if you want to win the game you will have to get past them sooner or later, and there is a lot to it with its inventory system and all. :)

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Review of Treasure of Tarmin up with Screenshots

Check out Mike Bonner's nice review of the game here, which identifies a few interesting differences between the Aquarius and Intellivision versions that actually work in the former's favor: http://mikejbonner.tripod.com/id39.html

(FYI, Mike is the reason why I did the scans in the first place...)



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